Introduction: Easy IronMan Arc Reactor Necklace

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Today I will show you how to make a easy IronMan arc reactor necklace out of a DVD drive motor and a blue LED.

Step 1: Tools and Parts

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The tools and parts you need are:

  • DVD motor
  • Long piece of wire
  • To small Neodymium magnets
  • Wire stripers
  • Pliers
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Drill
  • Grinder

Step 2: Removing Your Rotor With Windings

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First you pry the off the stator (or case) of the motor. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry it off. Now grind the bottom of the center piece and drill or tap out the center piece from the rotor.

Step 3: LED and Hot Glue

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Now grind the LED down to about 1mm from the metal inside the LED and Hot Glue the LED in the rotor. Sand down the dome of Hot Glue to make it look more realistic.

Step 4: Power and Wire

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Cut and strip the wires and connect it to the LED and Hot Glue the wires in place. Twist the wire on the magnet and Hot Glue it in place then mark the polarities on the magnet. Connect the button cell batteries between the magnets and it will light up. If it dose not light up check the polarities and the LED connections.

Step 5: Have Fun

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Now go and show off your new IronMan Arc Reactor necklace to your friends and family. Show me what you improved and have fun.


Ymerej88 made it! (author)2014-12-11

I made mine with magnet-chains instead of wires, and no tools apart from a screwdriver. The best part is that its easy to customize!

The rotor is from an old ASUS CD drive; the LED and batteries came from an emergency keyring light. The chain is mostly Buckyball magnets from ThinkGeek. I don't recall where the switch is from, but it happened to be within easy reach of my desk :)

It works fine for a prototype, but I think it really ought to be insulated. Any ideas?

Thanks for the inspiration, I've voted for you in all the things :D

PavelT1 (author)Ymerej882014-12-11

You can probably try to use heat shrink tubing or just hot glue. Thanks for the votes and thats a very nice idea with the Buckyballs and the switch :)

Ymerej88 (author)PavelT12014-12-12

Solved the issue while eating dinner :)
Prototype #3 - Use more torn-off sticky-note-corners to create an isolated circuit.

Now I don't need to worry about it getting tangled. Also, there are cylindrical magnets on the batteries to stop the Buckyballs from shorting if they slipped to the side.

PavelT1 (author)Ymerej882014-12-12

Great idea. I never thought about insulating it that way. Thanks for improving my design.

Nickson Yap (author)2014-11-24

I like this! Cool and simple!

PavelT1 (author)Nickson Yap2014-11-24

Yes it is and you can find about 2-3 motors in every computer.

asalam556 (author)2014-11-23

thank you!

PavelT1 (author)asalam5562014-11-23

Your welcome, Looks very nice

scribble hero (author)2014-11-22

voted originaly my idea but still glad people are learning how to do it

PavelT1 (author)scribble hero2014-11-22

Thanks, I didn't know that

Blackcloud161 (author)2014-11-20

Love this!!!

Who would have thought Iron Man was so Green (up Cycling)

The Hulk aint got nothing on this!


PavelT1 (author)Blackcloud1612014-11-21

Thanks, I really appreciate it.

tomatoskins (author)2014-11-20

I love this! Nothing like a little Arc Reactor to tie your whole ensemble together.

PavelT1 (author)tomatoskins2014-11-20

Thanks, Glad you liked it.

PavelT1 (author)2014-11-20

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